Ways for young people to cope with feeling lonely

Free mental health and wellbeing tools to reduce your feelings of loneliness.

Anyone can feel lonely, but our research with the Co-op shows that loneliness can badly affect young people.

You might be feeling lonely from spending more time online, not looking after your physical and mental health or from big changes in your life like the coronavirus pandemic. 

We've developed some information and activities that could help, in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Find resources for parents and teachers supporting children and young people further down.

Young woman staring out of a window, looking lonely. Image contains branding from the British Red Cross loneliness campaign.
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In episode 3 of The kind place podcast, Tigest and Reb talk about their experiences of loneliness, and how technology can make you feel less, and sometimes more, lonely.

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Watch this video which explores how young people connect with their friends and family, and how they help each other cope with loneliness.


Discover ways to build your confidence, to develop meaningful connections and to cope with change.


A feel good playlist for lonely times. Young people around the world choose a song and share a story about why it helps them.

Kindness activity pack

This pack includes activities around kindness, coping, recognising feelings and learning new skills.

It encourages you to do a small act of kindness every day and to safely connect with your community and family.

Kindness helps us cope with change and challenges. Download the Kindness activity pack (PDF 1.4MB).


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The Snowman™ and The Snowdog kindness calendar

Encourage children to learn about and practise kindness throughout December with the new The Snowman™ and The Snowdog kindness calendar.

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Free teaching resources

For teachers and parents: free online educational resources, to help children and young people aged 5 to 18 years show kindness to others and themselves. 

Image of little girl holding a British Red Cross branded folder entitled 'My kind acts', and smiling.

Get in touch

We would love to hear your stories, and they may inspire others.

How do you build confidence and meaningful connections in your life? Have you overcome feelings of loneliness?

Please email yourstory@redcross.org.uk.

Coronavirus Support Line

If you're feeling lonely and want to speak to someone between 10am and 6pm every day, you can call our coronavirus support line.

Call us on:

0808 196 3651